Hubble close-up on the Coma Cluster
In this new image Hubble peeks into the Coma Cluster, a massive gathering of galaxies located towards the constellation of Coma Berenices. This large cluster is around 350 million light-years away from us and contains over 1000 identified galaxies, the majority of which are elliptical.
The bright, saucer-shaped objects surrounded by misty halos in this image are galaxies, each of them host to many millions of stars. The background of the image is full of distant galaxies, many of them with spiral shapes, that are located much further away and do not belong to the cluster.
Visible in this image are three galaxies within the Coma Cluster: IC 4041 (far left), IC 4042 (centre), and GP 236 (right).
A version of this image was entered into the Hidden Treasures image processing competition by contestant Nick Rose.
ESA/Hubble & NASA; D. Carter (LJMU)
Acknowledgement: Nick Rose
About the Image
|Release date:||13 January 2014, 10:00|
|Size:||3983 x 2830 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Coma Cluster, GP 236, IC 4041, IC 4042|
|Type:||• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical|
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
|Distance:||350 million light years|
|Position (RA):||13 0 41.97|
|Position (Dec):||27° 58' 27.79"|
|Field of view:||3.33 x 2.37 arcminutes|
|Orientation:||North is 78.4° left of vertical|
Colours & filters
|475 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|814 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|